Tim Olk spent most of Tuesday camped out in the southbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway (I294). The Southtown Star had this report:

… an overturned tanker led to the closure of the southbound lanes between 95th and 127th streets.¬†The lanes were closed from before noon until about 8 p.m., turning rush-hour traffic into a nightmare …

The tanker, which was carrying hydrochloric acid, turned over and blocked all three lanes of traffic after a vehicle made an illegal U-turn in its path at about 11:43 a.m. at 127th Street, Illinois State Police Trooper Michelle Kistulinec said.

See the complete article HERE.

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Firefighters direct a sand truck near the wreck so they can spread sand to absorb the chemical spill. Tm Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Sand is used to prevent any further run-of of the chemical spill. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Hydrochloric acid leaks from the tanker. Tm Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Contractors begin preparations to off-load the product from the tanker. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12 hydrochloric acid spill

Workers monitor the progress of draining the tanker and transferring the acid to another. Tim Olk photo

tanker rolls over on I294 near Alsip 3-20-12

Three heavy wreckers begin to upright the tractor and the now empty trailer. Tim Olk photo